Combining a Tummy Tuck with a Breast Augmentation. Will Recovery Be Far Worse? Is It Safe?

I'm planning to combine my tummy tuck with a breast augmentation; will recovery be far worse vs. only a tummy tuck? is this combination safe?

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Tummy tuck combined with breast implants

This is a safe thing to do, depending on your health status.  This is a classic "Mommy Makeover" procedure combination.  It is something that we do on a regular basis.

The recovery time may be a bit longer with two procedures vs. just the one.

Again, always best to see a board certified plastic surgeon.  They will help determine if you are a candidate and help assess risks.  together you can make a plan to achieve your goals.

Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Combining procedures may result in a more difficult recovery

When you combine 2 or more cosmetic procedures, your recovery will most likely be a little more difficult.  However, this also means only one operation and anesthesia recovery.  Tummy tucks are frequently combined with breast augmentations, and the recovery takes about 1-2 weeks.  So, you will most likely be okay, but make sure you have some help around the house after your surgery.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck and breast augmentation

Combining a tummy tuck and breast augmentation in 1 surgery is very popular at my practice and is a safe procedure as long as it is performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon and the patient is in good health. It is a great combination because it truly gives patients overall rejuvenation results so they feel confident from head to toe! In terms of recovery, having both procedures at the same time does not necessarily make recovery worse. The tummy tuck recovery component will always take longer than the breast augmentation recovery. But my combination treatment patients do not take longer to heal overall than patients who just undergo a tummy tuck alone. But remember that everyone heals at different rates, so your recovery experience will depend on your body. Hope that helps!

Jimmy S. Firouz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Combining tummy tuck with breast augmentation. Will recovery be far worse? Is it safe?

Hello! Thank you for your question! These procedures can be effectively and safely performed in one setting. The breasts and tummy tuck are commonly performed together, often referred to as the "mommy makeover". If you are healthy and your surgeon decides that a/he could perform the procedures in a safe time for you, these procedures certainly can be done in one stage. Staging the procedures to have them performed at various times will likely not have any cost benefit for you. When you combine procedures, there is often a discount that is provided by the surgeon for multiple procedures. Also, when having multiple procedures performed at the same time, you save on anesthesia and facility fees, which otherwise are paid for with each individual procedure. In addition, you may benefit by the single recovery time.

It is your decision as to whether you have your procedures performed in one or multiple stages, but your surgeon will give his/her recommendations. I would consult with a plastic surgeon well-versed in these procedures and discuss your concerns with your surgeon and see what your options are as well as have an examination.  Your safety is ultimately the most important factor and is always on the mind of your surgeon when making such decisions. Hope that this helps! Best wishes for a wonderful result!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmetnation

This combination is done frequently as part of a mommy makeover. You will most likely experience a longer rate of recovery, as you will be having two areas treated. I would not be able to say if it would be "far worse", however. The benefit, though, is that you won't have to experience two separate recoveries.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation Combination makes sense

Tummy Tuck and  Breast Augmentation Combination makes sense and is safe. Contrary to some of the answers I have found that the recovery time is not delayed and is the same as the tummy tuck procedure by itself. That is because you are healing simultaneously and not sequentially - both heal at the same time. The procedure only takes me about a half hour to 45 minutes longer than the tummy tuck alone. Best of all, I usually put in the breast implants through the tummy tuck incision so that there are no scars on the breasts.

I have performed many of these combination procedures over the past few decades and think it is a great idea without significant increased complications.


Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Combining breast augmentation with abdominoplasty or tummy tuck works for many

These two procedures: breast augmentation and tummy tuck are frequently combined at one surgery.  The 2 advantages to this is that you only recover 1x!  You are going to be primarily limited by the tummy tuck for the 1st 1-3 days where you will need help and not want to do much. By the time you are feeling better from the tummy tuck, your breast are well on the way to recovery and feeling pretty good.  Most patient's with either surgery and getting up and about on their own by day 3-5 and weaning off of pain medications between days 7 & 10, (although some patient's use nothing but high dose ibuprophen/ Advil post surgery, most patient require a narcotic as well for the 1st week).  The other advantage is that the overall time of the two is less than the time of each procedure done separately, however, the increased length in procedure at one time does increase risk in general.  Therefore, when combining procedures, I typically recommend doing this in the hospital where the patient has the option to stay the night if they feel too tired to go home and they can receive IV pain medications, maintain compression on the legs to reduce the risk for blood clots developing; and stay well rested.  Alternatively, if done in a surgicenter, I highly recommend a private nurse to be at home with the patient to monitor for any of the risks associated with longer surgeries and to help the patient and allow for intravenous fluids to be continued until the patient feels good enough to be up, eat and walk about.  The other advantage to having the procedures done together is that sometimes the 2nd procedure is slightly less than when done separately. 

Good luck!!

Kimberley Lloyd O'Sullivan, MD
Providence Plastic Surgeon
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Combining Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck?

Thank you for the question.

Tummy tuck and breast augmentation operations are commonly performed together.  Patient selection is of paramount importance- careful attention is paid to medical history, safety issues and the potential risks/complications associated with combining the procedures.

When these two procedures are performed together most of the discomfort and recovery issues usually surround the tummy tuck procedure.  In my experience the recovery is not “far worse” with a combination procedure as opposed to with tummy tuck  surgery alone.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant surgery and Tummy Tucks-

Assuming you are in relatively good health, combining these two procedures are relatively safe. Of course, the added risk of a longer general anesthesia should be taken into consideration. Hope you have a safe recovery.

J. Vicente Poblete, MD, FACS

Avon Lake, OH

J. Vicente P. Poblete, MD
Cleveland Plastic Surgeon
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No increased recovery or risk when combining tt with bam

Interesting question.   I have done studies on this and have written 3 papers looking at this.   Many surgeons and patients think that combining a breast augmentation ( bam) with a  tummy tuck will increase risk and recovery. 

This is NOT TRUE!   The breast augmentation adds between 30 and 60 minutes and no increased recovery time.   The TT sets the pace for the recovery.  By combining the procedures you reduce cost, reduce anesthesia, reduce recovery time, reduce time off of work and actually reduce the risk. Be sure that your surgeon is experienced with combined procedures, is Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of ASAPS.  

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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